Public Health

Linda P. Fried

Linda P. Fried, dean and DeLamar Professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, was honored for her leadership in scientific research on aging with the 2016 Inserm International Prize, given each year by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research.

Olajide Williams and Sidney Hankerson

From left: Olajide Williams and Sidney Hankerson will lead expanded stroke awareness and community mental health programs in the Jerome L. Greene Science Center.

Neurologist Olajide Williams and psychiatrist Sidney Hankerson are known for their pioneering approaches to improving public health in Harlem and Washington Heights. The Wellness Center will operate with support from Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute.

The Wellness Center will house the Community Health Worker Stroke Prevention program, designed to raise awareness about one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.

Dr. Stephen S. Morse is a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center and an expert in global and public health.

John Santelli Columbia law public health
John Santelli, a professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, says he was “quite happily surprised” by the decision, calling it “a great victory for women, for reproductive health, and for American medicine.” Here he discusses what it means.
Climate Change Columbia experts

Patrick Kinney and Madeleine Thomson

In 2009, The Lancet, one of the oldest and most prestigious medical journals in the world, declared climate change to be the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century. Seven years later, it still is.

Columbia Great Grad 2016 Kathleen Bachynski

Photo by Christina Gupfinger

Kathleen Bachynski, who is receiving a doctorate in sociomedical sciences, studies the health risks of youth sports. Her dissertation on the dangers of football has been widely praised and was featured in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Columbia Great Grads 2016 Kevin Tyan, Jason Kang and Katherine Jin
Friends since freshman year, Kevin Tyan, Jason Kang and Katherine Jin entered the 2014 Columbia Design Challenge on Ebola and created an additive that improves decontamination and ensures healthcare worker safety.
Dyan Summers Columbia University Grad 2016

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When Dyan Summers’ patient suggested he might have a disease called “Zika Fever” in 2013, she was dubious. In her 15 years as a certified nurse practitioner specializing in tropical medicine, Summers had diagnosed malaria, Dengue fever and more.
I study chemistry in the Chandler Building. Can you tell me what its namesake, Charles Chandler did for New York? —A Healthy Chemist

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